It has been a long time coming, but the first Boeing 787
Dreamliner has rolled off the assembly line. Charles Conklin -- an avid
aviation enthusiast -- managed to snap some pictures of a fully assembled
Dreamliner sans paint.
According to Flightblogger,
the official roll-out ceremony for the Dreamliner is on July 8 with the first
delivered scheduled to take place in May of next year. The production run of
aircraft is completely booked until 2013 at the earliest.
The Dreamliner is the next generation of airliners for
Boeing and makes use of composite materials in 50 percent of its body and
wings. The use of composite materials has helped Boeing keep the weight
down which allows the Dreamliner to be 20 percent more fuel efficient than its
closest rivals. Top speed for the aircraft is Mach 0.85.
Business travelers will appreciate the integrated networking
capabilities on the Dreamliner. Boeing had initially planned to equip its
Dreamliner with wireless networking, but instead decided on a wired networking
to save 150 pounds per plane.
As of April, 44 customers have ordered 544 Dreamliners at a cost of
$75 billion USD.